Officials at St. John's Regional Medical Center planned this morning to break ground on an $82-million medical complex at a 48-acre site on Oxnard's east side.
Scheduled to be completed early in 1991, the facility will include a 206-bed hospital, a medical office building with 60 to 65 tenants and a 5,000-square-foot mall that will house medical-supply businesses.
The new hospital will have 59 fewer beds than the present 265-bed facility, reflecting the growing trend toward same-day surgery, expanded outpatient services and other ways of treating patients outside a hospital setting, said hospital spokeswoman Judy Cole.
The hospital plans to maintain part of its present facility as a rehabilitation unit for stroke victims and patients with head and spinal injuries. In keeping with an agreement made in February with the Oxnard City Council, St. John's will continue providing some emergency care at its facility on the city's west side, where most of Oxnard's population resides.